What would you say if someone offered you an easy, one-time treatment that could lift and smooth your skin without surgical intervention? At Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, our Thermage treatments do just that. This non-invasive treatment tightens loose skin, smooths away wrinkles, and adds contour to the face. Best of all, it really does work.
Thermage can be used to improve the look of aging skin on the face and under the eyes. It can also address wrinkling and sagging in other parts of the body. It works by using radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production. This in-office treatment has an almost immediate effect on the tautness of skin in the treatment area, but the best results develop in the months after your session. This treatment is not a fast fix, but it offers measurable results that can last for two years or more.
The Thermage Process Explained
This treatment relies on radiofrequency energy to heat the skin, which causes collagen fibers to contract and encourages the production of more collagen. The contraction of those fibers results in a visible tightening in the treatment area, often within the first day. Your results will continue to improve over the next four to six months as the body continues generating new collagen.
What Treatment Involves
We’ll begin by cleaning the area you want to be addressed and then marking the skin. We’ll follow those marks during treatment. We’ll then place a small applicator against your body and use it to direct radiofrequency energy toward the inner layers of your skin. You’ll feel warmth, followed by a brief cooling sensation. The amount of time this takes varies depending on the area being addressed, but it often takes at least 45 minutes for this process to be repeated in a way that covers the treatment area. We’ll check with you to get your input regarding the heat level and can adjust accordingly.
Are There Any Special Instructions After Treatment?
There won’t be any special after-care instructions to follow aside from keeping up with your normal skincare regimen of exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen. Your face may be a little flushed right after your appointment, but that will subside within an hour, and you’ll be able to get right back to your regular activity.
Does It Really Work?
The great thing about this treatment is that it really does work. After your appointment is over, you may notice that your skin already feels smoother and more youthful. It may take as long as six months for your results to fully develop, since it can take that long for your body to go through the process of producing collagen. Your results will last for a year or two. To maintain their results, and because the aging process never stops, some patients schedule repeat treatments every year or two.
Which Areas of the Body Can It Treat?
This treatment can rejuvenate aging skin in a variety of ways and in various parts of the body. It’s particularly effective on the face, where it can be used to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, soften lines on the forehead and around the mouth, and improve the definition of the jawline and cheeks. It can also be used to smooth bulges, ease the appearance of stretch marks, and tighten loose, crepey skin on the abdomen, the legs, and other parts of the body.
What Does Treatment Feel Like?
Patients sometimes worry about the heat that is involved in this treatment, but most patients find their session to be very comfortable. The cooling that is worked into the treatment keeps the skin from getting uncomfortably hot, and many describe the sensation as a warm, vibrating massage. We’ll also get your feedback during the treatment about your comfort level and the temperature involved. An anesthetic cream is sometimes applied to the treatment area to ensure the patient’s comfort.
Should I Postpone Treatment Until I Have Significant Sagging?
Sometimes patients with early signs of aging and sagging ask us if they should wait and address those symptoms when they become more noticeable. We usually recommend that patients undergo this treatment as soon as they notice sagging: and as soon as they are able to. If you delay treatment for too long, you may find that one treatment won’t give you the best results.
Is It Safe?
Thermage was approved by the FDA back in 2002 and has been safely used on patients all around the country in the years since. If treatment will be applied around your eyes, we’ll place plastic eye-shields over them to protect them.
Will It Work if I’ve Already Had Other Treatments Performed?
If you’ve had other cosmetic services performed, such as plastic surgery, Botox, or laser therapy, this treatment will still be effective for you.
How Does It Compare With Other Treatments?
There are many different treatments available that work to resolve various age-related concerns. Dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections are two other non-invasive treatments that patients often consider when they’re worried about fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. A facelift is also an option. Here’s how Thermage compares with those treatments:
Dermal fillers like Restylane are injectable gels that are used to add volume to parts of the face that have begun to sag or appear hollow. Restylane, which is offered by our practice, is a dermal filler made up of hyaluronic acid. Restylane works in its own way to stimulate collagen production in the skin, and it offers results that can last up to nine months. Many of our patients have gotten nice results by combining Thermage with Restylane treatments.
Botulinum Injections like Botox and Dysport are anti-aging treatments that can be used to ease the appearance of specific lines and wrinkles. These injections target the dynamic lines and wrinkles that are the result of repeated facial expressions like laughing and blinking.
They work by freezing the underlying muscles, preventing them from contracting in ways that create those lines and wrinkles. Although they do smooth over wrinkles the patient wants to address, botulinum injections don’t comprehensively firm up loose, crepey skin as a radiofrequency treatment does.
Surgical facelifts can address many of the same cosmetic issues that Thermage is used to treat. But surgery, because it involves anesthesia and recovery time, requires a bigger commitment from the patient.
What Are the Benefits?
There are a number of advantages to this type of radiofrequency treatment, including its convenience and its ability to be used in various parts of the body.
It’s hard to beat the convenience of this treatment. A number of other anti-aging treatments require multiple sessions, but this system requires just one. And because it’s a non-invasive treatment, patients don’t have to do anything in the way of advance preparation. There’s also no recovery time, so patients can get right back to their schedules afterward.
Because it takes a few months for the results of this treatment to fully kick in, Thermage shouldn’t be viewed as a pick-me-up treatment before a big party or a special event. But for individuals who have the time and patience to wait for the results, this treatment is effective and long-lasting.
It eases the appearance of lines, tightens up sagging skin, brings definition to facial contours, and leaves the skin soft and supple. Although non-invasive and non-surgical, this treatment rejuvenates the face in many of the same ways a facelift does. It works well as part of a patient’s overall anti-aging regimen.
It’s Not Limited to the Face
This treatment is commonly used on the face, where many patients have particular concerns about aging skin. However, it can also be used to treat crepey, sagging skin in other parts of the body, including the abdomen, arms, thighs, and buttocks. Its ability to be used in various parts of the body makes this a versatile anti-aging treatment. Patients look and feel great after undergoing this treatment.
Is This Treatment Right for Me?
Patients who have skin that’s mild to moderately loose, as well as lines and other signs of aging, can all undergo this treatment. There are several signs that you may be an especially good candidate.
You’re in Good Health
As with any cosmetic treatment, it helps if patients are non-smokers in good overall health. With this particular treatment, patients should not have metal implants of any kind in the area that will be focused on. This treatment is also not suitable for women who are pregnant or individuals who have an autoimmune disease. Patients who are seeking treatment in the eye area should wait a few months if they have recently undergone Lasik or corneal surgery.
Your Skin Needs Tightening
Good candidates for this treatment are looking for more than wrinkle reduction. They’re also noticing the first signs of collagen depletion, and they’re looking to tighten up spots where the skin has started to sag. This treatment is effective on all skin types and tones.
You Understand the Outcome
The best candidates for this treatment have realistic expectations about their results. Although most patients are thrilled with their results, this treatment offers a more subtle outcome than a surgical procedure. It helps if patients understand the process and are realistic about what a radiofrequency energy treatment can accomplish.
How Do I Get Started?
If you’re interested in this treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During this appointment, we’ll review your medical history and any medications you’re currently taking. We’ll also talk with you about your aesthetic goals and review the areas of concern you have. We’ll help you determine whether or not this treatment is best for you, and we can also talk with you about any complementary treatments that can help you meet your goals.
How Can I Maintain My Results?
The best way to maintain your results after treatment is to adhere to a regimen that keeps your skin at its healthy best while also supporting collagen production. Using skin creams that contain antioxidants, which keep collagen from breaking down, are a smart step. Retinol creams, which support the regeneration of skin cells, can also help. Lifestyle choices, like drinking plenty of water and avoiding too many processed foods, can also keep your skin hydrated, healthy, and firm.
Take the First Step
Have you started to notice the first signs of aging? Maybe it’s the lines on your forehead and around your mouth or the crepey skin that’s developed on your abdomen. A radiofrequency energy treatment can help you achieve smoother, tighter, more youthful skin. This simple, non-invasive treatment bolsters your skin’s collagen production for long-lasting results. Call Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL and schedule a Thermage consultation today.